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Block 60 F-16s For The U.S.?  
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4552 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

I was at Luke Air Force Bases open house today and got the chance to talk to quite a few F-16 pilots. We were talking about the different "Block" aircraft and I asked if they were ever going to get "Block 60" aircraft. The pilot said that it looked like the U.S.A.F. was letting the other countries foot the bill for its development, and when it was in production, they would purchase it. Does anyone have any information on this?

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly do these "block numbers" mean? I see them periodically, in increments of 5 and/or 10. Can someone enlighten me please? Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

Block 60 is already in production and the US hasn't ordered it.

Block numbers are production updates that don't warrant a new version number.

Just like Britain has the Tornado GR.1, 1a and 1b. In the US that would be Tornado A block 10, 15 and 20.

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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

F-16A/B - Block 5-20 (all PW F100)
F-16C/D - Block 25(PW F100), 30/32, 40/42 (F-16CG/DG), 50/52, 50D/52D (F-16CJ/DJ), 60/62
X0=GE F110 engine, X2=PW F100 engine (on C/D that is).

Block 60 features, among other improvements, conformal fuel tanks, an internal targetting system, and improved avionics.

Block 50 has 29000lb engines, and improved radar, the ability to fire a wider variety of weapons (including the AIM-120), among others.

Block 50D are SEAD aircraft, taking over in the "wild weasel" role from the F-4's. Most 50's have been upgraded to 50D.


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